EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun Also thrasher. Also called thresher shark. a large shark of the genus Alopias, especially A. vulpinus, which threshes the water with its long tail to drive together the small fish on which it feeds. Origin of thresher
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Examples from the Web for thresher Historical Examples of thresher
The baron raged like a tiger, and the cottager laid about him like a
The reaper and the
thresher seemed to George the greatest of inventions.
His arms were working like flails in the hands of a
thresher of grain.
In the same year, Matteson invented his combined harvester and
He was a
thresher in the service of a farmer near Kew, in Surrey. British Dictionary definitions for thresher noun a person who threshes Also called: thrasher, thresher shark any of various large sharks of the genus Alopias, esp A. vulpinus, occurring in tropical and temperate seas: family Alopiidae. They have a very long whiplike tail with which they are thought to round up the small fish on which they feed
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Word Origin and History for thresher n.
late 14c., agent noun from
thresh. The thresher shark (c.1600) so called for its long upper tail shape, which resembles a threshing tool.
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